Musica Viva launches 2013 season!
Welcome to 2013
2013 heralds a string of exciting debut appearances alongside some welcome returns and one, monumental, farewell
An ancient era begins anew with the renowned Academy of Ancient Music, appearing for Musica Viva again for the first time since 1988, this time in the company of magnificent Perth-born soprano Sara Macliver. Celebrated Canadian pianist, and famed Bach specialist, Angela Hewitt returns to this country for her first national solo recital tour, playing unique programs that combine Beethoven sonatas with Bach’s peerless ‘Art of Fugue’.
Sino-American cellist Jian Wang also makes his Antipodean national recital debut, accompanied by brilliant Sydney pianist Bernadette Harvey. Young German group, the Morgenstern Trio, makes its premiere appearance here joined by dynamic Novocastrian violist Christopher Moore.
We asked German-born (but Brisbane-dwelling) guitarist Karin Schaupp with which other guitarist, in the whole world, she would most like to play. She nominated Czech virtuoso Pavel Steidl who, it emerged, felt exactly the same about Karin. Their first-ever public duo performances open our concert season in 2013.
Since its last tour here in 2009 the Elias String Quartet has been cementing solid its reputation as Britain’s most outstanding young chamber music group. Their tour will fuse classics by Haydn and Beethoven with a work newly commissioned from masterful Australian composer Matthew Hindson.
Since 1969 the Tokyo String Quartet has soared through the classical music stratosphere among the preeminent ensembles of its time. The group’s Australia-wide concert tour in 2013 will be among its last performances ever – a rare opportunity to witness the close of a magnificent musical era as this incredible ensemble hangs up its bows.
Through it all the music weaves. Engaging with it fires so many parts of our brains at once that the effect can seem magical. Science is just beginning to understand this extraordinary phenomenon, and all that we can say for certain is that its impact is universal. At Musica Viva we believe that fine music is an essential part of every vital community. We hope you feel the same.